North Carolina Republicans Think Atheists Have a Homosexual Agenda

When the North Carolina Republican State Executive Committee (and the Elizabeth Dole campaign) sent out a mailing attacking Dole’s Senate-seat opponent, Kay Hagan, for associating with atheists, they thought they would smear her character. They thought the same thing when they issued a press release criticizing Hagan for attending a fundraiser hosted by atheists.

Everything has backfired.

Elizabeth Dole has been rightfully called out as a bigot. Money is pouring into Hagan’s campaign (not just because of this issue, of course, though it certainly helps). And Hagan has taken a strong lead in the polls.

Somehow, the Republicans think the bigotry card will still work.

In a brand new mailing, we see this gem:

Somehow, our agenda (which we don’t have) became the homosexual agenda (which they don’t have).

And seriously, if we had one, would the #1 item be to “hold a fundraiser”?

We all know the Atheist Agenda would include a ban on bananas and mandatory abortions for everyone.

Here’s the last page of the mailing:

Apparently, that’s supposed to be evil and scary. I don’t see it.

It’s not too late to donate to Hagan if you want to help her take down Dole and her Republican allies.

(Thanks to Greta Christina for the link!)

  • http://www.otmatheist.com hoverFrog

    That last page of the mailing, distributed to homosexual communities (if such things exist) would be quite a good incentive to vote for Hagan. Distributed to liberal thinkers who want to encourage freedom and equality it acts as an incentive to vote for Hagan. Only among those frightened by equality for homosexuals or terrified by those who don’t hold to the same fundamentalist standards could this be considered a warning to not vote for Hagan.

    What is a radical homosexual anyway? According to http://www.radicalhomosexualagenda.org/ they just want to live their lives without persecution. All areas of their lives should be free from persecution and open to the same freedoms as any other citizen. Ooh, scary.

  • Joseph R.

    Although I am not willing to donate financially to Hagan’s campaign, I will be supporting her on Nov. 4th when I cast my vote. For all of you out there who have donated, thanks.

  • Jason

    Someday, all of this will be a bad memory. Someday, people will elect rational people to office for good reasons, instead of keeping them out of the office for horrible reasons.

    This is an iconic example of how a candidate could be working to represent everybody that counts on the candidate to represent them, and how that candidates opponent is so skewed by ridiculous ideas, that they see that as a problem. Representing NC, to include atheists and homosexuals, is exactly what a representative should do, REPRESENT.

    If you are a candidate for a office which represents a state where many different people live, but only want to pander to those with money, power, and agree with you already, then maybe you shouldn’t be running for office to represent a state.

    Garbage like this is what keeps benevolent, advanced alien species from getting in touch with us. Seeing this sort of crap must make us look like irrational, afraid, reckless children.

    I can’t wait for this guy to lose the race, and I’d hope that Hagan takes a minute to really hammer Dole for pulling this kind of crap. Something along the lines of “unlike my opponent, I will make sure that I represent all of North Carolina, not just those who need the least representation”. Something to break the atmosphere that has grown; to work to stop this dogmatic, knee-jerk response to atheists and homosexuals.

  • llewelly

    Look. The Vast Atheist Conspiracy needed a few black helicopters. We borrowed them from the Homosexual Lifestyle Agenda Conspiracy. In return, we agreed to work with them on a few issues. That’s as far it goes. Really.

  • Eric

    Well I tried to join to homosexual agenda, but apparently you have to actually be gay.

  • Nancy

    As a former Catholic, current atheist, science teacher in an Episcopal School….I have never, in any of those forms, been organized enough to have an AGENDA.

    Today my agenda is 1) have the 7th graders take a pre test in study hall with me on the 13 colonies (they have a quiz in History today) 2) Make sure the 7th graders in my study begin their science research on the Human Genome Project due next week 3) hope the rain holds off until after the Homecoming parade and pep rally that starts at 9:15.

    Other than that, I have NO agenda….no time.

  • llewelly

    Garbage like this is what keeps benevolent, advanced alien species from getting in touch with us.

    Dole’s next ad: IF KAY HAGAN WINS, NOT ONLY WILL MEN HOLD HANDS, BUT ATHEIST ALIENS WILL COME DOWN FROM THE SKIES AND ABDUCT US!

  • http://thebitchreport.blogspot.com/ Milena

    That last page was actually a pretty good advertisement for Hagan in my eyes. This just shows how much of a disconnect there is between the Religious Right and liberals.

  • SarahH

    Yeah, word to those who actually like the second ad. It’s a touching image and represents something I consider to be justice.

    Also, I completely agree about the aliens.

  • Catherine

    sighhhhh, I can’t wait for the day when my wanting to be treated exactly the same as straight people ceases to be proof that I have some super-scary ‘radical agenda.’

    I agree with others, that last page is actually rather touching. I’d like to be able to get married someday, and have it count just the same as everyone else’s marriages.

  • http://notapottedplant.blogspot.com/ Transplanted Lawyer

    Item #6 on the Atheist Agenda: Baby-kabobs in all school lunches.

  • http://groundedinreality.blogspot.com Bruce

    Apparently, that’s supposed to be evil and scary. I don’t see it.

    That’s because you are not a homophobic bigot.

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  • Erik

    I voted early in NC this week, for Kay Hagan, Obama, and a whole slew of liberal district court and state court judges. I can certainly tell you that as I walked to the polling place, stood in line for an hour, and then punched in my votes, all I could think about was my atheist/homosexual agenda, even though I’m straight. I can’t wait for some gay scout leaders!

  • https://www.google.com/reader/shared/03285257443185929989 Scotty B

    As far as the Boy Scouts thing goes, we don’t care whether or not they “make homosexuals troop leaders,” we only want them to stop discriminating against gays and the non-theistic as long as they are going to be receiving any government funding.

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    I think we may have another contest in the making.

    What are the top three items on the radical atheist homosexual agenda?

    Sheesh.

  • Pustulio

    A friend of mine from high school was quoted in that mailing. He was quite proud of that.

  • http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com queerunity

    so ridiculous not all gays are atheists most aren’t. and not all atheists support gay rights.
    http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com

  • justin jm

    Apparently, the ghost of Jesse Helms has possessed Sen. Dole.

    Seriously, Dole has no conscience and is therefore unqualified to be a Senator.

  • Richard Wade

    They forgot to include “Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” as per Bill Murray in Ghost Busters.

  • http://maxhavok.blogspot.com/ Jason

    They forgot to include “Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” as per Bill Murray in Ghost Busters.

    Don’t forget about Nazis riding on dinosaurs.

  • http://themousesnest.blogspot.com Mouse

    so ridiculous not all gays are atheists most aren’t. and not all atheists support gay rights.

    But there are at least some gay atheists. And we’re tired of explaining to family and friends that we would go to church if only we could find a welcoming congregation. (At least that’s the case for the two gay atheists in this house.)

  • Richard Wade

    Apparently, North Carolinian Republicans think that treating people fairly and respectfully is a “radical” idea. This election will not just be about the candidates, but a measure of the collective character of the majority of those living in NC: Tolerant and fair-minded citizens of the 21st century, or hateful, fearful throwbacks of the 10th century?

  • Autumnal Harvest

    Yeah, as other have said, that last one would be a great ad for Hagan. It’s too bad we live in a country where that only appears as an attack ad.

  • http://ecstathy.blogspot.com efrique

    We all know the Atheist Agenda would include a ban on bananas and mandatory abortions for everyone.

    Where would we get all the tasty babies from if there were mandatory abortions?

    It’s so damn tricky being an atheist. Now I can’t tell whether abortions should be mandatory or optional.

  • llewelly

    efrique, the True Atheist requires all abortions be post-birth, via cook-pot.

  • http://www.BlueNine.info Blue Nine

    On October 24th, 2008 at 8:19 am, llewelly said:

    Look. The Vast Atheist Conspiracy needed a few black helicopters. We borrowed them from the Homosexual Lifestyle Agenda Conspiracy. In return, we agreed to work with them on a few issues. That’s as far it goes. Really.

    Not only that, but they use the rent we pay to paint some of their other helicopters pink. Which, as you know, is their REAL agenda. **rimshot**

    But seriously: What is the obsession with gay people? As some have pointed out on this blog, some of them think about gay people more than some gay people do.

    Has anybody read “Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America” by Randall Balmer? Good book. He states that the reason the RR goes on about homosexuality is because by the late 1970s there were so many evangelicals and fundies getting divorced that they needed a new boogieman. But still, this is bizarre.

  • Vincent

    Went to my sister’s gay wedding in Oklahoma last month. The world did not end.
    It was in a church too.

    The thing that pisses me off though is “force the boy scouts to appoint gay troopleaders”
    I don’t want that. The Boy Scouts can discriminate all they want – just pay taxes if they do.

  • noodleguy

    THE ATHEIST AGENDA:
    1. Hold an evil and godless fund-raiser of DOOM
    2. Elect Kay Hagan as Senator
    3. Legalize Gay Marriage (SCARY!)
    4. ????
    5. PROFIT!!!

    Am I right, or am I right?

    That ad just made me laugh. Arrgh people holding hands! The horror! The huge manatee!!!


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